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What is beautiful?,
This review is from: North of Beautiful (A Justina Chen Novel) (Paperback)
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I really liked this story of Terra, a high school senior, who is blond and beautiful, except for a disfiguring birthmark on her cheek, which she tries to cover up with layers of makeup. She has a boyfriend who is definitely not her soul mate but she stays with him because she doesn't think she could get anyone else and everyone tells her how lucky she is to have him. In addition to her own struggles, she is constantly trying to protect her mother from her father -- who is not physically abusive but worse, verbally abusive. The characters really came to life for me in this book and I enjoyed the story immensely. Terra is an artist and I loved hearing about the collages she was creating. Also, interesting was the information about geocatching and maps. In the end, the growth and changes in Terra and her mother were realistic as well as satisfying. I highly recommend this book for teens as well as adults.